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Tuesday, February 05, 2008 at 9:19 PM

Voting Musings

So I took my 8 year old with me to the polling place. I get to vote on the candidates as I am a registered Republican because that is the only party that matters here in terms of local politics. We started talking about the rules for voting. "Kids can't vote, can they?" "No," I answered, "you have to be 18." "Or older," he added, "because then a lot of old people couldn't vote." I thought it was an interesting concept. How would things be different if only 18 year olds were allowed to vote? Would kids be groomed and courted for the big day? For how long? Would Bob Dole have ever made it? One could guess voter turnout would be much higher. Chances are, there would never be talk of a draft. One might also predict the drinking age would be lowered. I guess I am kind of a romantic, believing that the younger you are, the lower your threshold for bullshit is. Then again, I think back to getting my bachelors a few years ago. The kids in my classes were a tremendous disappointment to me in their expressed political views. Who knows, but it's kind of entertaining to think about.

By adriennelibrarian at 9:19 PM

Blogger Shaw Israel Izikson said...

When the hell did he turn 8?!?

Actually, there is a vote for kids in November.

"Nickelodeon's Kids Pick the President" - and sadly, it's pretty darn accurate:
http://www.nick.com/all_nick/specials/kpp/kpp_bush.jhtml?_requestid=1457993

Ew  

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